Rooftops II

Rooftops and Mountains , Sanico, Italy

Ilford Delta 100 in Ilfosol 3 1+14 for 4:30 at 26c. Taken with a Lecia M7 and Zeiss C-Sonnar 50mm f1.5.

[Edit] As an aside, I have a equivalent image of this scene taken with the Olympus E-M5 and Panasonic 25mm f1.4 (a lens which has some connection with Leica, but which is nonetheless made by a company better known for its vacuum cleaners…). The u4/3 camera was shot at ISO 200 with a roughly equivalent aperture of f4, vs f8 on the Leica:

Mountain view image with the Olympus E-M5 and Panasonic 25mm f1.4 .

In comparison, the digital image completely blows away the film for clarity and definition, and has at least as much if not slightly more dynamic range (click for full-size):

Mountain view image comparison between the Olympus E-M5 and Panasonic 25mm f1.4 and Leica M7 with Delta 100. film

The only processing applied was standard sharpening for the film image, and curve adjustments to match the exposures and overall “look”. Note that Lightroom was set to show the Olympus image at 3:1, and the film at 2:1 – which should give the advantage to the film.

Some of weakness of the film image is undoubtedly from my processing. The scanning may also be weak, although previous comparisons with macro images of the negatives taken with a 5D Mark III suggest that this is not the case here.

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